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Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences, 240 ECTS


The aim of the doctoral studies is to provide training that prepares doctoral students to successfully work as an academic researcher or teacher as well as in other expert positions in the society and in the field of health.

A doctoral student must acquire in depth knowledge in his/her own field, but also develop a broader view of health sciences in general. Doctoral students should adopt scientific thinking models and good scientific conduct as well as gain versatile research skills.

The fields of study available are biostatistics, epidemiology, gerontology, global health and depvelopment, nursing science, public health, social psychiatry, social and health policy, health economics, health sociology and occupational health. Most PhD students do their dissertation work in one of our research groups. The field of study is determined by the supervisor’s discipline. The employment prospects for graduates in the field of health sciences or medicine have been good.

In the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences the student can complete the degrees of Doctor of Health Sciences or Doctor of Philosophy in the disciplines of the Faculty. The prerequisite for the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences is a Master’s Degree or equivalent. The Doctor of Health Sciences degree requires a previous educational background on Master’s level in the field of health sciences.

Learning outcomes

Academic year


Degree titles

Doctor of Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
Licentiate of Health Sciences


240 ECTS

Degree programme type

Doctor's Degree


875605 PhD, Health Care

Fields of study

Health and Welfare

Persons responsible

Responsible teacher
Marja Jylhä, Terveystieteiden tohtoriohjelman vastuuhenkilö